COVID-19 Graduate Admissions FAQ

The Graduate Student Service Center staff are working remotely 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Documents and admissions decisions are being processed as usual.  Please email our office at gradadm@grad.umass.edu with any admissions related questions.

Up to date information on the UMass Amherst response to CoVID-19 can be found at: www.umass.edu/coronavirus.

Information for All Admitted Students

When can I register for Spring 2021 classes and when do classes begin?

Spring registration begins November 2nd, 2020.

The first day of classes for Spring 2021 is February 1, 2021.

Learn more about registration.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, I am having trouble ordering my final transcript, or getting it translated. How can I meet your transcript requirement?

While we cannot waive the final official transcript requirement, we will work with you if the delay in providing documents is due to the pandemic.  We encourage students to use secure electronic delivery whenever possible.

I was admitted for the fall but my current school just closed for the semester and now I will not finish my undergraduate degree in time. What are my options?

You must complete your undergraduate degree before you can begin your graduate studies with UMass Amherst.  If you will not be able to complete your undergraduate degree before you are scheduled to begin your graduate studies with UMass Amherst, contact your admitting program to discuss the possibility of deferring your enrollment.

May I defer admission to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021?

If you are unable to attend in person please contact your academic program to discuss deferral options; some programs may have online courses available so that you can start remotely.

My GRE or GMAT exam was cancelled. What should I do?

GRE General Test at Home

ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

Be sure to add us as a score report recipient through your ETS account.  The Institutional Code for the University of Massachusetts Amherst is 3917.  You will receive your scores 6-10 days after your test.

GMAT Online Exam

Registration and exam delivery recently opened for the GMAT Online exam, an alternative exam to the test center GMAT exam.  Official GMAT Online Scores can be available within seven business days after exam completion.

If you are having trouble scheduling a GRE or GMAT exam due to COVID-19, please contact your academic program to explore your options.

Information for Admitted International Students

My TOEFL exam was cancelled because of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. What should I do?

We are committed to reducing barriers caused by COVID-19 disruptions for students who plan to apply for admission. Therefore, the following tests will temporarily be accepted as approved examinations for English proficiency:

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: minimum combined score of 80 is required.  The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.  Be sure to add us as a score report recipient through your ETS account.  The Institutional Code for the University of Massachusetts Amherst is 3917.  You will receive your scores 6-10 days after your test.

Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 105 is required.  The test can be taken online, on-demand via a computer with a camera. Add us as a score report recipient through your Duolingo account.  Look for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School in the list of institutions.

 

What if I am unable to be on campus for the start of my program?

Our International Programs Office is currently still processing I-20s as normal.  Please visit the UMass International Programs Office (IPO) website for the most up to date information and email them at gradvisarequest@umass.edu for any specific I-20 related questions or requests. 

If you are unable to attend in person please contact your academic program to discuss deferral options; some programs may have online courses available so that you can start remotely.

The student visa services are suspended in my country. What should I do?

Our International Programs Office (IPO) is currently still processing I-20s as normal.  We encourage you to follow the instructions in the visa sponsorship email sent to you by our IPO so that you are ready when the visa service resumes in your country. 

Please email the UMass International Programs Office (IPO) at gradvisarequest@umass.edu for I-20 and visa related questions or requests.

I'm planning to apply for deferment to Fall 2021. If my TOEFL/IELTS scores will expire before Fall 2021, will I have to retake the test?

If you deferred your admission to Spring or Fall 2021 you do not need to retake the TOEFL/IELTS.